Monday, April 30, 2012

Billy Nash Rock Band - Mister Chang

I know absolutely nothing about saxophone player Billy Nash but i do know something about the cover girl...Her name is Françoise Deldick, in the late sixties she made an excellent french version of Love is strange with the help of Mickey Baker himself.  
Mister Chang (just like Brain Twist from the previous post) was compiled on the second volume of the bootleg compilations The international vicious society.

Mister Chang

Friday, April 27, 2012

The Brain Twist - Brain Twist

I suppose that this Twist exploitation record was made by french session musicians who will forever remain unknown but the fact is that Kenneth Chambers was a pseudonym for french Jazz pianist/Conductor/Composer Christian Chevallier.
Chevallier lead a Big Band Jazz Orchestra during the fifties, worked with Blossom Dearie in her french vocal-Jazz project,  Les Blue-Stars, conducted and arranged records for Les Double-Six and he even made some synth Library Music albums during the late seventies/early eighties.
Brain Twist is a personal favorite.

Brain Twist

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

André Popp et son Orchestre - L'homme invisible/Embouteillages

André Popp's 1963/64 instrumental 4-track EP about hunters, military life, invisible man and traffic blocking. I don't know if sound engineer Pierre Fatosme was involved in this one as it definitively has an Elsa Popping flavor but in a much more modern way.  
Embouteillages is particularly impressive, let's say Kraftwerk's Autobahn meets Jacques Tati in Spaceage Pop days.

L'homme invisible


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Johnnie Pate Quintet/Ralph Marterie et son Orchestre - Muskeeta/Bacardi

Chuck Rio's 1958 sax lead hit Tequila was covered or ripped-off by everybody in the late fifties/Early sixties, from teenage amateur bands to well established musicians. Chuck Rio himself made many sequels to his original hit. Here are two of my favorite Tequila inspired tracks, taken from french EPs.



Friday, April 20, 2012

Manhattan Trio - Ouais!!

First of the three singles released by the Manhattan Trio, here without The Sylvet's. Ouais!! is a Jazzy piano lead nugget certainly inspired by Billy Page composition The in crowd, it even shares the same fake Jazz Club audience.
Since french drummer Richard Bennett (It was in his own jazz group, Les Dixie-Cats that Nino Ferrer, who was still calling himself Nino Ferrari, began his career) admitted in a 2003 interview that Burt Blakey was one of his pseudonym, i believe that he was behind all Manhattan Trio releases. Bennett took the arstistic head of Barclay's sub label Riviera in 1964 and is also famous for the Psychedelic/exploito project, Les Papyvores, originally released to promote Paco Rabanne Paper dresses.
The Manhattan Trio also released a split LP with Pierre Sellin on the french Library Music label Impala but all tracks are credited to Daniel J. White, Jesus Franco's regular musical partner.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Eddie Warner et sa Musique Tropicale - Mambo artificial

Before reinventing himself at nearly sixty as a Proto-Electronic music pioneer via his own Illustration Musicale label, Library Music Maestro Eddie Warner lead a successful exotic orchestra during the fifties. Quite a lot of records were released, mostly on the Odeon label, but few reached the intensity of this pure blast of percussion madness.  
Mambo Artificial was composed by yet an other Library Music regular figure, Paul Piot and while it did not reach the popularity of Esmeralda, Paul Piot's major hit from the same period, it was a small standard on the french Typic orchestra scene.

Mambo artificial

Monday, April 16, 2012

Raoul Zequeira y sus Habaneros - Hei! hei! hei!...Si senor

Scarce single taken from the rare lp Le 1er non stop 100% typique on the french Vogue label. It features an edit version of one of the highlight track from the album, a real dancefloor filler. I know this 45 was released with a picture sleeve but i found it with this generic sleeve.
I prefer not to make mine the very few info available about Zequeira on the web, frankly i know not much more about him and i don't want to speculate.

Hei! hei! hei!...Si senor

Tito Bongo Septet/Ben, sa Tumba et son Orchestre - Patato y Mangual/Cubano chant

Ben (real name Ben Bakrim) was born in 1925 near Bordeaux in a Franco-Morrocan family. He began his professional career in 1948, notably in Eddie Warner Orchestra and as soon as 1951 he was leading the orchestra of the famous parisian cabaret the Lido.
Cubano chant is a Ray Bryant composition best known through its inclusion in Martin Denny's Afro-Desia and Art Blakey's Drum suite LP . Patato Y Mangual is an original Descarga wich supposedly includes Jose Mangual and Carlos 'Patato' Valdes as guest musicians. Cubano Chant was recorded in 1961 and Patato y Mangual in 1963.
What is really impressive about Ben is the constant quality of his records, while most of the Typic french orchestra of this period were playing vaguely exotic background music he was never afraid of adding Latin Jazz elements to his music.
Some of you may have noticed that the picture on the Ben, sa Tumba et son Orchestre EP and the one on the french version of the famous Michel Magne's Tropical fantasy are from the same session.

Patato y Mangual

Cubano chant

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Modern Sound Group - Rixe à Rio

Second Tele Record Lavoute/Lutereau related EP. This record Looks like some late sixties Acid Rock release but it's in fact a Jazz septet lead by vibraphonist Michel Lorin and Majorvox Electronic accordion player Claude Thomain with the help of percussionists Sylvio Gualda & Georges Paczynski (not absolutely sure about this one since on the back cover they are only identified by their given names), bassist Yvon Rioland, Guitarist Harry Katz and drummer Armand Molinetti.

Rixe à Rio

Joe Rossi et sa Grande Formation - Le grand huit

Tele Record was launched at the end of the sixties with André Lutereau and Lucien Lavoute as regular collaborators before the creation of their own Epervier label. The three volumes of Musique en relief LPs were even repackaged as Travelling on Tele Record and then as Travelling Orchestra Volume 1, 2 & 3 on the Epervier label. Basically all LPs and singles on both label shared the same team of well trained professional musicians like Michel Lorin, Armand Molinetti, Sylvio Gualda, André Paquinet or Benny name a few.  
Joe Rossi was already a well known acccordion player when this record was released but i doubt he ever came closer to the kind of Big Band Jazz in wich the Lutereau team was excelling. Le grand huit, a Lutereau composition can also be found in the second Musique en relief/Travelling Orchestra release without the accordion as lead. The Joe Rossi version is much more dynamic, just check the percussions !

Le grand huit

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Henri Salvador - Le martien

Henri Salvador was born in 1917 and began his career during the thirties as a guitarist in the Ray Ventura orchestra. He claimed to be the main inspiration for the creation of the Bossa Nova (he was in Brazil in the forties), recorded some of the earliest french Rock'n Roll songs under the pseudonym of Henry Cording with Boris Vian and Michel Legrand in 1956 and achieved success during the sixties and the seventies with silly songs about Zorro, Juanita Banana...etc.
He was nearly totally forgotten during the eighties and the nineties but made a comeback in 2000 with the rather boring but much acclaimed "Chambre avec vue" LP. He died in 2008.
For the average vinyl digger, Salvador's career can be resumed to a handful of singles like Beta Gamma l'ordinateur, Carnaby Street, Mama goteu loteu houi, Kissinger le duc Tho...and Le martien.
Recorded in 1963 this Ran-Dells Martian Hop cover is totally insane, it echoed the french version of The Purple people eater, Croque crâne creux translated by Boris Vian in 1958 and sung by Gabriel Dalar.

Le martien

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Les Célibataires - Papa oom mow mow

To the best of my knowledges, this EP contains the only french version of this Doo Wop classic. Quite easy to find here in France and often overlooked surely because of its awful cover, this record is very dynamic and quite close to the Rivingtons original.

Papa oom mow mow

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Roger Morris - Jerk leader's band

I have three of these promotional Disques Homère singles, i suppose that's how this label gained its Library Music classification. I'm quite sure that most of their titles were confidentially but commercially available.
Jerk leader's band
is the perfect companion to Oriental Express, a short but effective track with heavy percussions.

Jerk leader's band

Roger Morris et son Orchestre - Oriental Express

Blast of percussions on this oriental flavored Jazz cut.
Beside 5 or 6 Extended and Standard play 45rpm on the Disques Homère label, drummer Roger Morris also released a rare record on Eddie Warner's IM label.

Oriental Express

Dany Doriz et son Grand Orchestre - Toi mon soleil

According to the late Jean-Claude Pierric, The french Disques Homère label was created during the late sixties by blind persons for blind musicians. He convinced those persons to open their catalogue to non-blind musicians like Yan Tregger or Michel Roques.
Jazz Vibraphonist Dany Doriz played with Lionel Hampton and Memphis Slim among many others. "Toi mon soleil" is described as Afro-Cuban on the label and the fact is that it's a perfect description.

Toi mon soleil

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jâo Pandeiro/Roby Davis et son Orchestre - Piranhas/Dabongo

Jâo Pandeiro was a pseudonym for french drummer/composer/band leader Jerry Mengo (real Name Giuseppe Mengozzi), he was a prominent figure in the french musical scene until his death at the very end of the seventies. The latter part of his career was nearly entirely devoted to Library Music.
Alto Saxophone player Roby Davis was the husband of Andrée Davis-Boyer (her and her crew filmed most of the cheesy french scopitones during the 60′s) and the father of Florence Davis (still active as a Jazz vocalist).
Both of them played an active part in the Jazz field in France during the forties and they even played together at several time.
Piranhas and Dabongo share more than small similarities, in fact, we are here in presence of what i would call the I'm a man/Mannish boy syndrome. I don't know if the first copied the second but according to my ears the main difference is in the instrumentation. Both tracks share the same Schifrinesque cinematic feel and would have been perfect as the main theme for an imaginary sixties spy movie. Enjoy !



Les Léopards en Guyane - Michelina

Found this one years ago but i'm still puzzled about who are the musicians. I suppose that they are the same Léopards who made a split album with the Ryco-Jazz but since this record is ungoogleable i'm not quite sure. Killer Tumbele track named Michelina on side one, a real Afro-Latin flavored bomb still waiting to be comped.

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